She can forgive, but can she forget?
Some days, Everly still thinks she sees him. In the food court at the mall, or in a car speeding past as the light changes. It only lasts a second, but when it happens, she slips back to a time when she was ruled-and nearly ruined-by August Kincaid. And it doesn't matter that she's moved on, that she's about to marry another man. In those moments the only thing she can do to regain control is take a deep breath and remind herself that August can't hurt her-because he's in a coma. Except that he's not anymore.
August is awake. With no memories, he sets out to solve the mystery of his lost life. He unearths a photograph of a beautiful redhead named Everly and knows instinctively that she's the key. But when he finds her, the August she describes is more monster than man.
Tortured by the thought of having hurt her, August wants only to become the man Everly deserves. As the new August emerges, Everly glimpses the person she first fell in love with. But can she trust that this August is real? When the final secret of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . .
THAT ending and subsequent teaser chapters of the next book, Remembering Everly??? Seriously WTF??
I expected a cliffhanger after finding out that this was the first book in a duet, but holy hell I didn’t see that one coming.
Nope. Not at all.
Okay with that out of the way, let’s get to my thoughts, or at least what I can put out there without spoilers.
The amnesia premise of the story is what caught my interest and I have to say that I really liked how everything was played out from August first waking up to Everly finding out and then the journey that they both went on as they came to terms with the ramifications his awakening placed on their present and future. And quite honestly part of what kept me turning the pages was to see if August would spontaneously regain his memories, but the other part of it was I just got hooked on August and his reaction to this new world he was learning about.
I’ll admit that I liked August more than Everly throughout the majority of the book, though that isn’t to say that I didn’t feel for her and what she went through with August prior to his coma nor did I think that she should’ve gotten past her feelings about it. Each person deals in their own way. But the way she dealt with Ryan, her fiance, had me growling at times. August on the other hand was the one I had the most empathy for. He may have been an asshat prior to his coma, and I’m not excusing him for his behavior, but to wake up one day and find out you know nothing is just scary as all get out, but I enjoyed being apart of the ride as he got reaquainted with the world and ended up chuckling at some of the ways he chose to go about trying new things.
To say I was hooked is an understatement, though there were a few spots that I felt dragged a little, but it didn’t take away from the story. I thought that the various twists and turns were done well, including that damn cliffhanger ending, and really enjoyed how everything played out. Brick is my absolute favorite supporting character, though Sarah does take a close second.
The Bottom Line: A great read and will definitely be getting my greedy little hands on Remembering Everly when it comes out!
~ ARC provided by Forever Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for ten years, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We were married young, barely out of high school. Everyone told us we were crazy and stupid. We’ll be celebrating 12 years of marriage this year, and I love him more every single day. We’re living proof that true love knows no age limit.
We’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters who continue to amaze and inspire me, and are probably making me go a bit insane. I’m obsessed with yoga and pilates and am a complete chocoholic. I apologize in advance for the amount of sweets in my book.
I’m absolutely obsessed with romance novels (duh) and probably could have built a vacation home with the amount of money I’ve invested in them over the years. Romance novels take you to another place, making your heart race, emotions swell, passion run free. After so many years of meeting hundreds of fictional characters and discovering their worlds, I found myself creating my own.
I am represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.